Cheap Eats 2011: Gamasot
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Cheap Eats 2011 Cheap Eats (2010)
Gamasot
Address: 696 Hechinger Dr., Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-256-0780
Neighborhood: Springfield
Cuisines: Korean, Breakfast
Nearby Metro Stops: Franconia-Springfield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beef dumplings (mandu); sul leung tang; yook gae jang; buckwheat noodles with beef; barbecue pork; pork sausage; blood sausage; soy-marinated Asian pears.
Price Details: Appetizers $4.95 to $11.95, entrées $9.95 to $19.95.

There might not be a better value than this strip-mall restaurant's $4.99 refillable bowls of soothing sul leung tang, a soup made by simmering beef bones for 48 hours and studding the broth with beef slices and angel-hair-like rice noodles. DIY seasoning from the bowl of chopped green onions and salt and pepper on the table is important; ask your server for a primer.

Other dishes, such as the spicy yook gae jang and the crispy beef dumplings known as mandu, are also worth a taste. A new bargain is the all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue--cooked on a tabletop grill--for $14.99 a person.

The panchan, complimentary Korean small plates, are especially good--and unlimited. Look for thick-cut radish seasoned like spicy kimchee--it's a great chaser after a spoonful of sul leung tang.

Also good: Soon dae, pork sausage; sanh gae tang, a clear soup with a Cornish hen, rice, and dates.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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